Ja Morant not discouraged by Memphis owning No. 2 overall pick in NBA Draft
Unlike his soon-to-be draftmate Zion Williamson, Murray State point guard Ja Morant wasn’t disappointed after learning the Memphis Grizzlies will be selecting with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Williamson reportedly was hoping the New York Knicks would muster the top pick, but Morant is unfazed with who is in position to select him in a month.
“I really was just excited to see it all play out with how it went,” Morant told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “I’m not disappointed. They still got the same player that is still going to go in and work like I’ve been doing.”
Morant is plenty confident in his abilities and apparently also unbothered by aspirations of landing in a big market. After all, the 6-foot-3 point man opted for Murray State, a much smaller school than the University of Kentucky within the same state.
The Grizzlies envision Morant as the potential successor to lefty Mike Conley, who was put on the trade block this past season as the organization looked to move on from the vestiges of their roots.
While they effectively traded another Grit-N-Grind lifer in Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors, Memphis will still need to get some value back for Conley if they hope to give Morant the keys to the point guard position upon his arrival as a rookie.
Morant prospects to be one of the most electrifying rookies of this class, boasting nightly triple-double potential and boundless athleticism. So long as he relishes the same mantra of work ethic that endeared the Grizzlies to the city of Memphis, Morant should have no problem fitting in with this rebuilding franchise.